Turner focused on fitness

Former Tigers defender nears full fitness ahead of new term

Michael Turner: Looking forward to new challenge

Norwich defender Michael Turner is confident he will be at optimum fitness by the time the season starts.

The 28-year-old joined the Canaries earlier this summer after he had returned from Sunderland's pre-season tour of the Far East.

Turner played an hour of Tuesday's friendly against his former team Hull City, which followed on from the 65 minutes he played against MK Dons last Friday.

Norwich will face Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday in front of their home fans as Turner takes another step towards peak condition.

Stronger

"I've played 60 to 65 minutes in both games so far and I felt stronger in the second half tonight than I did the other night," he told EDP 24.

"It's all minutes under my belt and I hope I'll get some more on Saturday and be ready for the first game."

Turner was part of the Sunderland squad that went to the Far East on their pre-season tour and his hectic transfer to Norwich meant he missed some training sessions.

But now that he is settled, he is intent on making up for lost time.

Fitness

"I'm not far away now in terms of fitness," he added.

"It did take it out of me going to Korea and then coming back and coming straight to Norwich, and taking a few days for the deal to be done, so I'm pleased now I'm back in training and getting games and back on it.

"It's the best way to get your fitness up, playing games of football, being out there on the pitch.

"I was feeling stronger and stronger as the game went on."